Let's face it ladies, men have it so simple, they jump in the shower and pop out ready to go. Ruffle their hair for a few seconds with the towel and bam, all set. I only wish it were that simple, but short hair just doesn't look or feel right on me.

I've grown to really hate washing my hair, it takes so long to dry and then it needs to be straightened. I can use the blow dryer, but that also means sweating (after I just took a shower) and I still have to use the straightener to look presentable. Ughh.

Enter "Dry Shampoo".  I'm sure you have all seen aerosol cans of this wonderful invention on the store shelves and I'm sure many of you (like myself) have used them in a pinch. Dry Shampoos were developed to "soak" up excess oils between shampoos. They work pretty good, but they tend to leave a white residue in the hair (which looks gray) and I often find it tough to breathe shortly after spraying them. I've also found the spray difficult to get in the most needed target areas which often means I'm spraying more than I would like (wasting this not so inexpensive option).

Using dry shampoo can save loads of time and will also save your hair from the harshness of so many washings. Dry shampoo is super convenient, but you don't have to spend tons of money, there are super easy, healthier, alternatives that you can make right at home. You probably already have all the ingredients right at your fingertips.​

Fun Fact: Did you know that Dry Shampoo is not something new? It was actually developed back in the early 1940s and was targeted at women who were sick in bed or needed a quick fix for a "surprise" date.

As you can see in the below recipe for a DIY dry shampoo, the main ingredients vary depending on your hair color. A mixture of the lighter (arrowroot or cornstarch) with the darker (cocoa or cinnamon) will allow you to get the optimal color to use on your hair.

When choosing between arrowroot or cornstarch, the former is better because unlike cornstarch, arrowroot powder is harvested from the tubers of its plant without the use of harsh chemicals or high heat. Plus, arrowroot powder is loaded with nutrients.​ This recipe can be made in a matter of minutes and is super easy to use.

DIY Dry Shampoo

  • Total Time: 10m


  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • 1 Container with a lid and makeup brush or spice container


  1. Depending on your hair color, mix arrowroot (or cornstarch) powder with cocoa or cinnamon powder to reach the desired color.
  2. Feel free to use Essential Oils to boost the power of the dry shampoo
  3. Use a clean makeup brush or spice container to get mixture onto your roots.
  4. Allow the mixture to soak up the oil before brushing through and styling.

Tamara Johnson

My name is Tamara and I started on this crazy health journey many years ago. Being healthy does not have to be difficult, in fact it can be quite empowering. I love sharing what I learn in the hopes it will help to liberate others on their path to wellness. I'm so happy you stopped by and I hope to hear from you soon.

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